The Tourism Paid Media Cooperative or Co-op helps Colorado tourism partners maximize their advertising and marketing dollars through group purchasing of media buys. Group purchasing creates discounts, because prices become cheaper when they are purchased at a higher volume.
The Colorado Tourism Office typically operates a summer and winter campaign. The summer campaign runs from April through the end of September. The winter campaign runs from mid-October through the end of March. You can sign up to participate in one or both of these campaigns.
Under the Come to Life Colorado brand, these paid media plans measure conversions, partner referrals, and awareness through impressions. At the end of a campaign, you will receive a report that measures the co-op’s success against benchmarks.
Program benefits include:
- access to agency creative services
- measurement strategies and tools
- access to negotiated rates and premium inventory
- increased savings with multi-channel tiers
- affordable custom opportunities
- existing Colorado Tourism Office brand affinity
- customized report of your results, with ongoing optimizations
- traffic driven directly to your website
- evolved opportunities to reach targeted audience segments and further drive impact and efficiencies
- Colorado Tourism Office matching funds
The Colorado Tourism Office hosted an informational webinar on September 27, 2022 for the Winter Co-Ops. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.
To become eligible you will need to:
- use the Come to Life template
- follow Colorado Tourism Office brand standards and photography guidelines
- inform flighting, messaging, and diverse imagery considerations
- review and approve all creative before launch
- have creative that links directly to your website
Please note: This program is meant to drive awareness and site traffic to Colorado destinations. Should there be more applicants than available spots, Domestic Marketing Organizations (DMOs) will be given priority. Non-DMO applicants whose objectives tie directly to bookings may see greater success through other program options.
The Colorado Tourism Office can customize paid media cooperative opportunities to fit your needs. Customization includes:
- tiered investments or a-la-carte investments
- geofencing and in-state targeting
- content alignment
Shared and dedicated email
Reach travelers through a one-to-one communication channel. This channel extends the Colorado Tourism Office’s reach by purchasing audience lists and custom publisher emails. Shared emails feature up to six partners in the same email. Dedicated emails feature only one partner with 100% share of voice and options to target a more diverse and representative audience segment.
Sequential programmatic digital display
Partners benefit from Colorado’s custom audiences and hyper-targeted digital approach to reach consumers through a seamless sequential messaging strategy at the final stage when they are ready to book.
Use geo-location gathered from mobile devices to target travelers—including diverse audience segments—with heightened interest, or while in-state to introduce nearby destinations, attractions or other things to do. This is a good tactic if you want to do regional or in-state targeting.
Online travel agency digital display
With the ability to reach consumers in the midst of trip planning and influence consumers through each stage of planning, online travel agencies can hyper-target with their proprietary data. Our partnership allows placements on Tripadvisor, which otherwise could have a hefty minimum spend requirement as a barrier for many destinations and attractions.
Travel programmatic digital display
Leverage travel data partner data offered through Sojern to target high-value consumers who have not booked their trip to Colorado but are demonstrating intent and drive conversions to Colorado Tourism Office partner websites as they plan.
Connected TV viewer retargeting
Reach consumers who have been exposed to the Colorado Tourism Connected TV ads with partner messaging in HTML5 standard display ad format to engage consumers further into the details of trip planning.
You can participate at one of four paid media investment tiers. Every tier includes a match from the Colorado Tourism Office. Matching funds are limited and first-come, first-served.
Benefits by level
|Media Tactic||Tier 1 - $25,000||Tier 2 - $10,000||Tier 3 - $3,000||Tier 4 - $1,500|
|eTarget Email (Shared or Dedicated)||X||X||X||X|
|Sojern Travel Programmatic Display||X||X||X||X|
|Trip Advisor OTA Display||X||X|
|MiQ Sequential Digital Display||X||X|
|Connected TV Digital Display Retargeting||X|
You will need to invest $25,000 and the Colorado Tourism Office will match $31,250.
|Placement||Estimated Media Costs||Value||Estimated Impressions|
|eTarget Custom Dedicated Email (2x)||$10,000||$15,000||2,000,000|
|Sojern Travel Programmatic Display||$11,000||$15,400||2,200,000|
|TripAdvisor OTA Display||$8,250||$11,250||375,000|
|MIQ Sequential Digital Display||$10,000||$17,500||2,500,000|
|CTV Viewer Display Retargeting||$9,000||$11,250||1,401,051|
You will need to invest $10,000 and the Colorado Tourism Office will match $12,500.
|eTarget Shared Email (3x)||$1,500||$11,250||1,500,000|
|Sojern Travel Programmatic Display||$6,250||$8,750||1,250,000|
|TripAdvisor OTA Display||$5,250||$7,955||238,636|
|MIQ Sequential Digital Display||$5,500||$9,625||1,375,000|
You will need to invest $3,000 and the Colorado Tourism Office will match $3,750.
|eTarget Shared Email (2x)||$2,000||$7,500||1,000,000|
|Mobilefuse In-Market Mobile||$2,000||$5,418||363,636|
|Sojern Travel Programmatic Display||$2,750||$3,850||550,000|
You will need to invest $1,500 and the Colorado Tourism Office will match $1,875.
|eTarget Shared Email (1x)||$1,375||$3,750||500,000|
|Sojern Travel Programmatic Display||$2,000||$2,800||400,000|
Applications for the Summer Co-Op (April - October) will open around March 2023. Please subscribe to the Tourism Tuesday Newsletter for the announcement of the application period and the webinar.